Emma Hayes’ Chelsea Women take on Championship side Lewes in the group stage of the Continental Tyres Cup tomorrow and here are the key details ahead of the match…
WHEN AND WHERE
Our third match of Group D against Lewes takes place tomorrow at The Dripping Pan and it kicks off at 2pm.
Chelsea Women are placed at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table and are undefeated all season. We have won both of our Continental Tyres Cup games, beating West Ham 2-0 and Crystal Palace 3-0.
The goalscorers from our opening cup match versus West Ham were Bethany England and Guro Reiten, and the goals came in the second half. England impressively finished a half-volley on the angle and Reiten netted her first as a Blue from a corner kick. Against Crystal Palace, England scored a quick-fire brace and Drew Spence found the net when England unselfishly teed up her team-mate to make it three.
The Blues played the Hammers again last weekend in the WSL and we came back from being a goal down to seal a 3-1 victory. West Ham found the breakthrough on the 58th minute, then we responded with two fantastic goals in the space of two minutes when Ingle finished smartly and Ji smashed home a long-range effort. Spence added another in stoppage time to put the finishing touches on the London derby win.
Lewes are currently sixth in the FA Women’s Championship having played seven league games with three of them resulting in defeat. The Rooks are yet to record a Continental Tyres League Cup win having suffered two narrow 3-2 defeats to Crystal Palace and Reading. The East Sussex side lost 3-0 in the Championship to second place London City Lionesses last Sunday. With five matches resulting in a loss, their last victory dates back to mid-September when they edged Coventry 2-1.
CHELSEA V LEWES HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Saturday will be the first time we have met Lewes. Our opponents are in their second term of the Championship having been granted promotion to the second tier from the Women’s National League when they achieved the licence criteria set by the FA.
HOW TO FOLLOW AND MATCH TICKETS
Fans who are not travelling down to East Sussex can keep up to date with the match via our social media channels. There will be live text commentary on our Twitter page, regular updates on Facebook and for behind-the-scenes footage, make sure you check out our matchday Instagram story. Simply search 'ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Tickets can be purchased on the gate 90 minutes before the game and are priced at £10 for adults, £4.50 for concessions (aged 63 and over) and Under-16s go free.
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP D
Two Group D matches take place on Sunday with a 2pm kick-off. Crystal Palace welcome Tottenham Hotspur, while Reading host West Ham United.
Plenty of Chelsea players have been selected to represent their countries in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualifiers and international friendlies next week.
England, Millie Bright and Carly Telford have been called up to the England squad for two friendlies. They host Germany on Saturday 9 November at Wembley Stadium before they head off to face Czech Republic three days later.
Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, Jonna Andersson and Sweden are set to fly to the USA to play a friendly against the world champions in Ohio on Saturday 8 November.
Maren Mjelde and Guro Reiten will make their way back to Norway to resume their qualification campaign against Northern Ireland, which also takes place on Saturday 8 November. Maria Thorisdottir has unfortunately sustained a fracture in her leg so she will not be a part of the Norwegian national team squad.
Erin Cuthbert has been picked by Scotland to play against Albania in the qualifiers on Friday 8 November, while Sophie Ingle and Wales head to Northern Ireland for their fourth group match on Tuesday 12 November. Ramona Bachmann and Switzerland will come up against Romania on the Tuesday evening also.
WATCH THE BLUES AT KINGSMEADOW
Chelsea’s next game at Kingsmeadow is against Manchester United, for the first time ever, on Sunday 17 November with a 2pm kick-off. Tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £1 for concessions (aged over 65) and juniors (aged under 20).
Click here to book your tickets.